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  • S Y M P O S I U M

    Formalizing the right to a healthy environment in Canada

    February 15, 2018 Alex Trebek Alumni Hall

    University of Ottawa https://environmental-rights-ottawa.eventbrite.ca

    Symposium Program Updated February 6, 2018. Subject to change

    9:00-9:30 Registration Light breakfast sponsored by the University of Ottawa Human Rights Research and Education Centre 9:30-10:00 Opening Welcoming remarks Prof. Heather McLeod-Kilmurray, co-director, University of Ottawa Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability Video greeting Prof. John Knox, UN special rapporteur on human rights and the environment Morning moderator: Dr. Peter Wood, national campaign manager, environmental rights, David Suzuki Foundation 10:00-11:00 Panel 1: Setting the stage: Current proposals for environmental rights

    MP William Amos (Pontiac), Government member of the House of Commons

    Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development The Standing Committees consideration of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act

    MP Linda Duncan (Edmonton-Strathcona), NDP critic for international development, deputy critic for environment and climate change and vice chair of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development Thrice tabled Bill C202: Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights

    Ms. Florence Ferrari, deputy head of mission, French Embassy in Ottawa The French proposal for a Global Pact for the Environment

    11:00 - 12:00 Panel 2: The need for legal recognition of environmental rights in Canada

    Ms. Kaitlyn Mitchell, staff lawyer and environmental rights chair, Ecojustice Environmental rights as a pillar of environmental justice

    Mr. Mike De Souza, managing editor, National Observer Reflections on The Price of Oil series

  • Ms. Vanessa Gray, Anishinaabe'kwe from Aamjiwnaang, land defender, founder of ASAP Environmental racism in Canada: The front-line reality

    12:00 - 12:45 Lunch (provided) Afternoon moderator: Mr. Joshua Ginsberg, director, Ecojustice Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Ottawa 12:45 - 13:15 Keynote address Prof. Dinah Shelton, Manatt/Ahn professor of international law emeritus, George Washington University Law School The benefits of a rights-based approach to environmental protection The keynote address is sponsored by the Environmental Justice in Canada Project. 13:15 - 14:15 Panel 3: The promise of environmental rights: theory and practice

    Dr. David Boyd, associate professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia (via videoconference) The global environmental rights revolution

    Ms. Karine Peloffy, director, Quebec Environmental Law Centre / Centre qubcois du droit de lenvironnement The Quebec experience with environmental rights"

    Prof. Nathalie Chalifour, associate professor, Faculty of Law and co-director of the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability, University of Ottawa - Earth v Emissions Litigating the right to a stable climate

    14:15 - 14:30 Break Refreshments sponsored by the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability 14:30 - 15:30 Panel 4: Towards environmental rights in Canada

    Prof. Lynda Collins, professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa The CEPA opportunity

    Mr. Eric Bertram, deputy director, Human Rights and Indigenous Affairs, Global Affairs Canada Voices at Risk: Supporting human rights defenders

    Dr. Peter Wood, national campaign manager, environmental rights, David Suzuki Foundation The Blue Dot Movement for environmental rights in Canada

    15:30 - 16:00 Closing Remarks and Call to Action

    A reception will follow the formal program.

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